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July 8, 2005

Microsoft pays reward for Sasser hackers

-- by Gary Boatwright

Microsoft has just proven they are serious about tracking down hackers. Microsoft rewards Sasser worm informants:

Microsoft will pay a combined $US250,000 ($NZ375,601) to two people who helped track down the author of the Sasser internet worm, which infected computers around the globe, the world's largest software maker said on Friday.

I wish I knew who some of the hackers Microsoft is looking for were.

The two individuals, who were not identified, will share the reward, which Microsoft established with Interpol, the FBI and the US Secret Service.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has been trying to make its software more secure and reliable, and has also vowed to go after hackers and others who create worms and malicious software viruses by offering bounties and also suing them in court.

Posted by Gary Boatwright at July 8, 2005 3:29 PM

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